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Leonard Charles BOASE

Regimental number1621
Place of birthGympie Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriet Jane Boase, Caboolture, Queensland
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 8 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 28 February 1919
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'On 4th April, 1918, he commanded a platoon of a battalion holding the line from Buire to Dernancourt. On the 5th the enemy launched a strong attack between Dernancourt and Meaulte, which was broken up by the fire of his platoon. Though wounded, he continued to lead his men splendidly, and inflicted very heavy casualties on the enemy, holding up their attack for at least two hours. He showed marked gallantry and ability to command, and rendered valuable service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led a bombing party against a company of the enemy with great dash and skill, capturing some and forcing others into the open under fire of our machine-guns. He afterwards held out in an isolated position until his ammunition was expended, keeping the enemy heavily engaged and allowing the troops who were working up to operate with greater freedom. He displayed remarkable initiative and resource during both occasions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 376 Pte Francis Henry BOASE, 4th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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